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Re: [vox-tech] X server crashed?



--On Wednesday, August 13, 2003 13:51:02 -0700 Katie <krwright1@yahoo.com> wrote:

It doesn't appear to be CPU overheating.  Here's what happens:

[katie@bob katie]$startx
 info scrolls by really fast
 screen blinks to black, then blinks back
 info pops up with version  & release date blah, blah, default settings
using vt 7

waiting for x server to shut down

[katie@bon katie]$
It sounds like your xinitrc is exiting. After startx starts the X server, it runs a script (usually .xinitrc in your home directory) which should launch the X application(s) of your choice. When this script exits, startx shuts down the X server.

The xinitrc script is usually structured to launch some programs as background processes, then run a final process in the foreground. The background processes don't matter, but when the foreground process exits, so does the xinitrc. This process is often a window manager.

So you need to inspect your xinitrc, see which program it's supposed to wait on, and figure out why this program isn't working any more.

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Kenneth Herron Kherron@newsguy.com 916-366-7338
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